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113 Famous Quotes by Robert Burns
1/25/1759 - 7/21/1796
Also Known As:  
Rabbie Burns     Ploughman Poet     The Bard
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He wakes a portion with judicious care; And "Let us worship God!" he says, with solemn air.

Worship Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 12)

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The fear o' hell's the hangman's whip To laud the wretch in order; But where ye feel your honor grip, Let that aye be your border.

Fear Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle to a Young Friend

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And like a passing thought, she fled In light away.

Visions Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: The Vision (last lines)

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An Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange For Deity offended!

Religion Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle to a Young Friend

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G-- knows I'm no the thing I should be, Nor am I even the thing I could be, But twenty times I rather would be An atheist clean, Than under gospel colours hid be, Just for a screen.

Religion Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle to Rev. John M'Math (st. 8)

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It is cruelty to be humane to rebels, and humanity is cruelty. [Fr., Contre les rebelles c'est cruante que d'estre humain, et humanite d'estre cruel.]

Cruelty Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Man Was Made to Mourn

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But pleasures are like poppies spread; You seize the flower, its bloom is shed. Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white--then melts forever.

Pleasure Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Tam o' Shanter (l. 59)

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O Scotia! my dear, my native soil! For whom my warmest wish to heaven is sent; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content.

Scotland Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 20)

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It's guid to be merry and wise, It's guid to be honest and true, It's guid to support Caledonia's cause, And bide by the buff and the blue!

Scotland Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Here's a Health to Them that's Awa'

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Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore, O'erhung with wild woods, thickening green; The fragrant birch and hawthorn hoar Twined amorous round the raptures scene.

Rivers Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: To Mary in Heaven

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Then horn for horn they stretch and strive; Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive.

Haste Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: To a Haggis

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The landlord's laugh was ready chorus.

Laughter Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Tam o' Shanter

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In durance vile here must I wake and weep, And all my frowsy couch in sorrow steep.

Prison Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle from Esopus to Maria, in Chambers' "Burns' Life and Work", vol. IV, p. 54

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What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.

Temptation Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Address to Unco Guild (st. 8)

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As Tammie glow'red, amazed and curious, The mirth and fun grew fast and furious.

Merriment Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Tam o' Shanter

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Oh, stay, sweet warbling woodlark, stay, Nor quit for me the trembling spray, A hapless lover courts thy lay, Thy soothing, fond complaining.

Larks Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Address to the Woodlark

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Comin' through the rye, poor body, Comin' through the rye, She draigl't a' her petticoatie, Comin' through the rye . . . . Gin a body meet a body Comin' through the rye, Gin a body kiss a body Need a body cry?

Kisses Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: The Bob-tailed Lass, taken from an old song

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At length his lonely cot appears in view, Beneath the shelter of an aged tree; Th' expectant wee-things, toddling, stacher thro' To meet their Dad, wi' flichterin noise an' glee.

Home Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: The Cotter's Saturday Night (st. 3)

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To make a happy fireside clime To weans and wife, That's the true pathos and sublime Of human life.

Home Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle to Dr. Blacklock

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And may you better reck the rede, Than ever did th' adviser.

Advice Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Epistle to a Young Friend

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Ah, gentle dames! it gars we greet, To think how mony consels sweet, How mony lengthened, sage advices, The husband frae the wife despises.

Advice Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Tam o'Shanter (l. 33)

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Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!

Affliction Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: In Eutropium (II, 149)

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Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman; Though they may gang a' kennin' wrang To step aside is human.

Liberality Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Address to Unco Guid

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That hour o' night's black arch the keystane.

Midnight Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: Tam o' Shanter

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Green, slender, leaf-clad holly boughs Were twisted gracefu' round her brows, I took her for some Scottish Muse, By that same token, An' come to stop those reckless vows, Would soon be broken.

Holly Quotes, by Robert Burns , Source: The Vision (duan I, st. 9)

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